A Flower for Your Thoughts: Deadly Beautiful

The lovely killers that live in your own backyard.

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As you probably already know, there are hundreds of plants in the wild that are toxic, poisonous, and/or deadly. However, you probably never realized just how many of these plants have found a home on your very doorstep.

Azaleas, calla lilies, wisteria, hyacinths… These are just a few examples of highly toxic flowers.

The slideshow below shows images of multiple poisonous flowers, along with their common name (or names). Many, you’ll recognize. You might even be growing some of them in your own garden.

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Now, don’t start freaking out just yet! There’s nothing wrong with keeping these flowers. Though all are poisonous in some way, most of them aren’t deadly when cared for with caution.

Take the bloodflower, for example. The bloodflower is a highly widespread flowering plant and can be found all across the Americas, China, and U.S. territories, among other places. It’s a popular plant to keep in butterfly gardens, as it is known to attract Monarch and Queen butterflies.

The bloodflower is not feared because it’s only poisonous when the stems or leaves are broken. When this happens, a milky sap leaks out and can cause a range of eye injuries.

Some flowers, however, are far more toxic and, if cultivated, should be handled with extreme care.

The aconite (or wolfsbane, whichever you prefer) is one of these. It is one of the most toxic flowers in the world. Symptoms will set in within an hour of consumption, and if a large dose is ingested, death is almost instantaneous.

For this reason, toxic flowers should always be handled with care. If you’re not sure if the flowers you have in your garden or yard are toxic, it’s easy to find a list of toxic plants to double check.

In fact, here’s wikipedia’s list so you don’t have to spend time searching!

Sure, wikipedia isn’t the best source, but in this case, it works perfectly fine!

For the most part, though, you should be alright. It’s good to know what flowers you have that are poisonous, but it isn’t necessary. People go their whole lives without knowing.

However, I think it’s interesting. Back when I didn’t know too much about flowers, I never would have expected such beauty to be so deadly. It really is amazing.

Whether you think it’s interesting or not, I hope you at least learned something new!


Picture Sources: Bloodflower: wikipedia

Aconite/wolfsbane: CMA

Angel’s Trumpet: Me

Calla Lily: Gardening Know How

Azalea: EcoGreen Landscaping

Wisteria: Petal Mist

Hyacinth: TickleFlower

Nightshade: lenharris

Crown Vetch: Flora and Fauna of Mine Falls Park

 

Author: Hope Alexandra Cullers

I'm an aspiring writer and relatively seasoned traveler who only wishes to see, experience, and learn more. I'm ADD, HSP, a perfectionist, and an extroverted introvert. I'm crazy about the idea of perspectives, find joy in the little things, and make it my personal mission to see the beauty is everything. Welcome to my blog, and thank you for taking the time to visit! Remember, carpe diem!

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